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11-13-2005, 06:43 AM
Does anyone have any thing to report on good fishing locations right now on the Island? Fresh and even Saltwater locations? I'll be coming to Victoria this coming week for 2 weeks and thought to maybe see if I could get out to do some fishing whether its freshwater for bass or maybe some Salmon. Any idea's guys? Thanks alot!
11-13-2005, 03:41 PM
There are winter springs around Sooke to Victoria, and a friend of mine has a cabin at Salmon bay on Barkley sound and they are going up there in a week as some winters are starting to show on the Effigham island outer group of rocks , very deep right now he tells me ,200 ft plus.
Trout fishing is fair in Lake Cowichan , Sahwnigan lake could be good right about now in the old Strathcona Hotel bay area, don't know about the lakes around Victoria , don't fish them ,too many people there for me.
11-13-2005, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the reply. I might see if I can get out to Sooke 200 feet? wow. I was also wondering whats happening on Elk lake for Bass? Thanks again.. NM
11-14-2005, 01:06 PM
The 200ft depth was for the entrance to BArkley Sound , Sooke right now off the bluffs are between 85 to 145 ft; was out there today and got into some fair winter springs 6-12 lb range.
11-14-2005, 02:38 PM
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11-14-2005, 05:41 PM
Thanks thats still deep fishing. I heard there might be fish to be caught off shore on lower Cowie the bridge into Duncan anyone know anything on that? NM
11-15-2005, 11:58 AM
Thats my area; I live in Crofton about 8 miles North of Duncan, there was fishing at the Silver bridge which you refer to and also further up , water is high fast and dirty right now, a little early for steelhead and they are starting to do mort counts on the various species from spawning, the action will be dying out within 2 weeks.
The area was for awhile elbow to elbow fishing plus some aboriginal spearing and nets at the lower end happening, for a registered heritage river the Cowichan has a lot of fishing pressure, it was heavy when I was a kid back in the late 50's and has grown exponentially, the boats guiding on the river now is unbelievable !
11-17-2005, 11:45 AM
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11-22-2005, 07:56 AM
Here's the report from Island Outfitters:
Trout fishing remains GOOD, especially since many of the lakes have been stocked with catchable rainbows about a month ago. Elk Lake received 3,000 trout, Langford Lake 1,607 trout, Prospect Lake 1,500 trout, Thetis Lake 1,071 trout, Durrance Lake 1,150 trout, Lookout Lake 100 trout, Colwood Lake 250 trout, Glen Lake 750 trout, Florence Lake 250 trout and Spectacle Lake received 535 trout . As the water temperatures drop, more activity is coming in the warmer part of the day. Anglers fishing Powerbait off of the fishing wharf are catching trout too. Elk Lake continues to produce the most and largest trout (up to 3 lbs). The highway side has been good. Langford Lake has produced better than Prospect Lake. Fly anglers can stay with the old reliables (Black Leeches, Green Wooly Buggers) and expect good action. Chironomids have been good and Pheasant Tail, Halfback and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymphs also work well. For trolling try #6 Len Thompson spoons, Flatfish or Wee Tads in frog or rainbow patterns, red & white, or yellow with red spots. Willow Leaf Lake trolls and worms will almost always work. If you want BIG trout and don’t mind having to release all you catch, Lake Cowichan is starting to produce big cutthroats for anglers trolling plugs near the shore line and creek mouths. Rainbow trout and frog color patterns work the best in Tomic, Rapalas or Rebel plugs. For information about fish stocking visit the web site http://www.gofishbc.com.
Bass Fishing has SLOWED DOWN as the water temperature keeps dropping. The bass have moved into the deeper waters, at least 15 to 20 feet, and are holding on deep water structure. Your best bet is fishing these suspended fish in deeper water and using 4” tube jigs, lizards, or jigs with pork rind. If you do, you can get some good action. Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes have been the best spots for bass. St, Mary’s Lake on Saltspring Island would be another good spot to try. The West Coast Bass Anglers are starting up a Vancouver Island chapter. For more info go to http://www.wcba.ca/vi.html
Is PowerBait(tm) high in cholestorol?
11-25-2005, 07:09 PM
Great info Nozzy thanks allot. NM
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